New Yorkers Brace As Cold Snap Hits City

By Nikhita Venugopal on January 23, 2013 2:25pm | Updated on January 25, 2013 7:59am

NEW YORK — Baby, it's cold outside — and it's going to stay that way.

Icy winds will continue to freeze New York City for the rest of the week, according to a hazard weather outlook issued by the National Weather Service.

Daily highs will continue to hover in the teens and low 20s through the weekend, with wind chills expected to fall below zero at night, according to the weather service.

Metro-North Railroad reported 10-minute delays due to weather-related circuit problems, but there were no weather-related disruptions on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit or the MTA, officials said.

The Department of Homeless Services issued a "code blue" as temperatures fell below 20 degrees. The department has doubled its street outreach services from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., "in an effort save lives," said spokeswoman Heather Janik.

Since the temperature dropped, outreach workers have been placing about 15 homeless people in shelters each day, Janik said.

New Yorkers can call 311 to report homeless adults who may be in danger.

On Wednesday, city residents and workers bundled up against the continuing freeze and dreamed of warmer days ahead.

"It was very, very cold — I had to keep drinking hot coffee all the time during the day," said Jaime Diaz, 55, a livery cab driver who lives in Queens.

Twitter filled with complaints about the frigid temperatures.

"i can't [deal] with the cold weather !" tweeted @SamNikkii. "only downside of living in NYC .."

"I never thought i'd miss the sun this bad," agreed @PantojaNick. "i just wanna go to the beach and not be cold and be able to wear shorts and a t-shirt."

"It's so cold in NYC, the rats are hibernating," tweeted @MissingMissNg.

With reporting by Theodore Parisienne

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